Category Archives: Default settings

UK children’s groups responses to the Online Harms White Paper now available

The detailed responses to the UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper by UK children’s organizations is now available plus a summary of the recommendations: http://www.chis.org.uk/ In the larger document there are several examples or case studies which illustrate very clearly … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

A further note on encryption

In my earlier blog on the subject of encryption I referred to a statement made by Mark Zuckerberg about his intention to make Messenger and Instagram encrypted services. WhatsApp already is. Just in case some of you missed the significance … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Regulation, Self-regulation

About encryption

Not long ago Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook was going to “pivot to privacy”.  Apparently the company will apply this idea to WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram (but not the Facebook platform itself). This announcement caused all kinds of fluttering in the dovecotes. … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A postscript about Top Level Domains

In a previous blog I reported that in 2018 the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) identified and took action against 105,047 urls containing child sex abuse material. That was an increase on the previous year where they identified 78,589. Of the … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

The only show in town

Recently I took part in a couple of events attended by high level professional child welfare and child development experts from across Europe, EU and non-EU. A great crowd. I thought I spotted someone at the second event whom I … Continue reading

Posted in Consent, Default settings, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

EU must up its game

Yesterday I received a copy of a reply to a question which had been put to the European Commission by British MEP Mary Honeyball. Here is the question Subject: The potential impact of the ePrivacy Regulation on the safety, security, … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

Online Harms White Paper – the obvious problem

Some time ago I read a discussion of strategies online businesses might adopt to try to avoid the clutches of potential or actual Regulators. Without embarrassment or apology it was suggested companies deliberately bundle and entangle lots of things.  Why? … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, E-commerce, ICANN, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized